The Knights sensationally toppled Championship leaders Bristol to claim their first ever league win over the Ashton Gate outfit on Friday night.
Clive Griffiths’ third-placed side – who welcomed back Declan Cusack and Matt Challinor from lengthy lay-offs – took home a bonus point win and, even more remarkably, left their hosts empty handed.
Fears that Bristol would overturn a half time deficit, as they did last season, when a 69th minute penalty levelled the scores at 24-24 were allayed as wing Dougie Flockhart and replacement hooker Vili Veikoso bagged late tries.
Knights got off to the worst possible start when centre Jack Tovey crossed for a second minute converted try.
But, showing the character which has stood them in good stead this season, they hit back with a try by leading scorer Latu Makaafi from a catch and drive ploy.
Knights deservedly took a 14-7 lead in the 17th minute when strong-running centre Will Hurrell broke the line before sending wing Tyson Lewis over for a second converted try with a floated pass.
There was more joy for Knights on the half-hour when Makaafi took his tally for the season into double figures from another catch and drive routine.
Bristol gave Knights a taste of their own medicine when hooker Ross McMillan touched down from a driving maul – Gavin Henson’s conversion cutting the deficit to just seven points,
A long-range penalty by Flockhart secured Knight a 24-14 interval lead.
Bristol scrum-half Will Cliff spotted half a gap from a ruck in the Doncaster 22 and scoring near enough for Henson to convert within five minutes of the restart.
The Knights’ three point lead looked slender when Makaafi was sin-binned for a high tackle but Bristol could not capitalise.
Bristol: Wallace: Varndell, Tovey, Moses, Edwards; Henson, Cliff; O’Connell, McMillan, Cortes, Joyce, Townson, Phillips, Robinson, Smid. Rep: Crumpton, Genge, Perenise, Sorenson, Ovens, Hampson, Morgan.
Doncaster Knights: Jarvis; Flockhart, Clark, Hurrell, Lewis; Cusack, Edgerley; List, Hunter, Quigley, Challinor, Phelan, Makaafi, Hills, Shaw. Rep: Bergmanas, Veikoso, John, Hotson, Young, Olver, Field.